Back to school for parents!
Learning Together Week at Knighton House provides an opportunity for us to invite parents to share lessons and activities at school with their children over the course of a week. From the school’s timetable, parents can select which lessons and activities they’d like to share with their children whether spending a whole day or even just for a lesson depending on their other commitments.
By opening our doors on a daily basis for a week to our parents means there is nothing manufactured about anything we do like for an open day, what they see and experience during Learning Together Week reflects normal every day life at Knighton House. Whilst sharing learning with their children by sitting in lessons gives them an insight into the taught curriculum, they are also able to experience and observe the relationships in school between staff and children and staff to staff.
One parent wrote to me after the week having enjoyed many lessons with her children but also made the point that, “it was the things that happened outside (the classroom) that were so special…….how everyone interacts and works together to form a community of learners”.
It was heartening and reassuring to see so many parents wandering around school during the week interacting with each-other, with their children and with the staff. The purposeful informality is exactly how I believe we get the best out of the children who are therefore in ‘a good place’ to learn and enjoy school.
I am sure that many schools will say very similar things on their website and in their promotional blurb. I don’t doubt for one second they believe their schools are just as unique and special, however I wonder how many take the same approach as Knighton House by opening their doors for a week to their parents to see everything going on in the school they have invested in for their children? I am grateful to all our staff for embracing the week with such warmth and the confidence to have parents ‘observing’ their lessons; it is a big ask but they do it brilliantly well.
Of course, it’s tempting to look through rose tinted glasses after Learning Together Week and think that all is well in the ‘Garden of Knighton House’. None of us are so naïve to think that and we know we have to work to do to improve. The week has given us plenty of food for thought.
I can highly recommend the concept of holding a Learning Together Week to all schools to give your parents a birds eye view of your school.
— Written by Mr Robin Gainher, Headmaster —